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New Streets - South Auckland, Two Cities

Television (Full Length) – 1982

Reporter Neil Roberts ventures into South Auckland in this TVNZ documentary, and finds two rapidly growing but very different communities. Otara and Mangere are becoming New Zealand’s industrial powerhouse, but a huge influx of Māori and Pacific Island workers and their families are struggling to adapt in a brand new city that was farmland just decades earlier, and lacks amenities for its new citizens. Meanwhile, to the east, Howick and Pakuranga are also booming but their more upwardly mobile, prosperous and very Pākehā citizens seem to be living in a world of their own.

I describe the situation in Otara as political dynamite. There’s a time bomb here and, if and when it blows, you better all watch out.
– Donna Awatere

Key Cast & Crew

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Merata Mita

Research

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Neil Roberts

Director, Narrator, Writer

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Alan Thurston

Producer

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Richard S Long

Camera

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Brenton Ojala

Sound

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Glen Molesworth

Editor

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